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A day of remembrance — and light

The untimely deaths of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha in February 2015 shook the Carolina and N.C. State campuses, resulting in gatherings at both universities to mourn. But one year later, it was a day to look at the light — not the darkness. “Today is a very sad day,” said Mohammad Abu-Salha,…

Watch today’s remembrance on live stream

Earlier today, Feb. 10, the UNC School of Dentistry held a ceremony to remember three inspiring students who left us far too soon. Deah Barakat, a second-year student at the UNC School of Dentistry, and his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, who would have joined him at the Dental School this past fall, as well as her…

Wanted: doctors with a rural heart

Who wants to be a country doctor? That’s the question Robert Bashford has in mind whenever he meets prospective medical students. As associate dean for admissions at the School of Medicine, Bashford is always on the lookout for potential rural doctors for the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program. “He knows when someone has a…

Preserving a culture

For nearly a century, American culture has been preserved with National Historic Sites, deeming them locations of great significance. But of the 90 sites, only 10 are grounded in African-American history, and they showcase just a small sliver of American history. Bettye Collier-Thomas has spent decades working to correct that. “I recall when I first…

Travel the world – with Honors

Deadlines are approaching to submit applications for Honors Carolina’s 2016 Fall Honors Semesters in London and Cape Town, South Africa. The London program is a high-impact experience balancing academics with professional internships in the heart of a major world capital. All undergraduates are eligible to participate in a semester that takes them to UNC’s Centre…

For Spurling, making friends means even more than football

Ernest Williamson played football with Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice in the 1940s and went on to play in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants. James Spurling met him working at a service station on Airport Road in 1979 after Williamson’s playing days were long behind him. A man in bib overalls…

Starting courageous dialogues

Rumay Alexander loves questions. Her favorite one has always been “Why?” The simple word leads to explanations, which can become understanding. But at the very least, it begins a discussion. “It’s those kinds of questions that will allow us, as a community, to become more inclusive,” Alexander said. “It’s not that you have to know…

Resolve to eat healthier in 2016

So what if you gain a little weight as you get older? A pound a year doesn’t make that much difference, does it? “A pound a year is not good. It cuts the number of healthy years of life,” said Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition in the Gillings School of…

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School recognized for global innovation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) honored the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School Feb. 1, for its global innovation in leadership development. AACSB’s “Innovations That Inspire” award spotlights The Leadership App – a state-of-the-art app that markets UNC Kenan-Flagler’s advanced leadership program. It also serves as a course app…

New UNC PA program serves military, students, rural N.C.

Even though he’s no longer on active military duty, Dave Manning plans to use many of the tools and skills he spent two decades crafting. Manning, a former U.S. Army and Navy medic, is one of 20 students enrolled in the first Physician Assistant Studies class, housed in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of…